Recent events have created a lot of uneasiness among members of the legal profession in Bossier and Webster Parishes. Talk to some of them and you can sense the feeling of discontent and apprehension.
I’m referring, of course, to the race for District Judge in which Mike Craig defeated 20 year veteran Dewey Burchett.
It was more than a hard-fought race; it was a bitter race to the end.
The DA’s influence definitely came into play. I’m not saying that he ‘ran’ Mike Craig in a move to increase his own power base, but it cannot be denied that Schuyler Marvin has some stroke with the voters.
Burchett supporters are wondering what treatment they will receive in the courtroom. The other judges realize that they could be next. Other parish officials are sitting on the sidelines taking notes.
I believe that when Mike Craig becomes Judge Craig, he can do a lot to allay the fears and to restore equilibrium to the process, and I am confident that he will.
Marty Carlson expresses similar sentiments in The Forum. Carlson says:
“Allegations flew both ways in this race. Craig does have significant tax debt; Burchett has made a number of questionable rulings. But a good deal of insignificant minutiae also tainted both political campaigns, none of which was pertinent to the qualifications of the candidate.”
The Times has suggested that appointed judges are the answer. Carlson suggests that perhaps term limits would be the more suitable answer.
I like her idea better, although it will take a lot of thought to get it right.